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Member Advisory--February 17, 2012

HACU Releases “Platform Issues and Recommendations for Presidential Candidates in 2012”

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) today sent copies of “Platform Issues and Recommendations for Presidential Candidates in 2012” to President Obama and the current Republican candidates for President with a request for a response by early March. Republican candidates receiving the document include Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. The document was also sent to Reince Priebus and Debbie Wasserman, chairs respectively of the Republican and Democratic National Committees.

HACU hopes to elicit an official response from Presidential candidates, responses which can be made available to participants in HACU’s 17th Annual Capitol Forum, March 26-27, 2012. The document is also intended to assure inclusion of Hispanic educational issues in party platforms and encourage public discourse on substantive matters of special interest to Hispanics.

Platform Issues and Recommendations for Presidential Candidates in 2012” is available on the HACU website. 

HACU members are urged to make use of the document in discussions with candidates to encourage their response. It can also serve as a set of talking points in preparation for the November elections to encourage greater attention to the needs of Hispanic higher education and the increasingly important role Hispanics play in the U.S. workforce and American society at large.

 In the 2008 Presidential campaign a similar HACU effort drew responses from five of the Presidential candidates.